Pillar scores tiebreaking run as Jays beat Rays 2-1

TORONTO (AP) Finally hitting his stride in the midst of a trying season, Marcus Stroman's body has betrayed him in two straight starts.

Kevin Pillar scored the tiebreaking run on an infield grounder in the sixth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays overcame another abbreviated start by Stroman to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Sunday.

Limited to two pitches because of a recurring blister, Stroman battled through five innings before deciding he couldn't risk further damage to his tender middle finger. The right-hander allowed one run and five hits while throwing 76 pitches.

''I just threw sinker, cutter today because I couldn't put pressure on my curveball or slider,'' Stroman said. ''I pushed it pretty aggressively. It was just at the point where I felt like if I continued to go, I would have to possibly miss my next start.''

Stroman left Tuesday's game against Boston after seven innings because of a blister on his right middle finger, walking off with the trainer after coming out to warm up for the eighth.

Devon Travis had two hits and drove in a run as the Blue Jays won for the second time in nine meetings with the Rays, avoiding a three-game series sweep.

Tampa Bay's lone run came in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Willy Adames.

Jaime Garcia (3-6) worked one inning for the win. Danny Barnes got two outs in the seventh and Tyler Clippard got the third, stranding runners at the corners. Ryan Tepera pitched the eighth and Ken Giles finished for his 13th save in 13 opportunities.

''We got pitched tough,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Still not clicking offensively like we're capable of.''

Making his third start for Tampa Bay since being acquired from Pittsburgh last month, right-hander Tyler Glasnow allowed one run and two hits in five-plus innings.

Pillar pinch-hit for Curtis Granderson and greeted right-hander Jose Alvarado (1-5) with a double. Travis followed with a tying single and, one out later, Pillar raced home from third on Randal Grichuk's groundout to the catcher.

Pitcher Ryne Stanek covered home plate but Pillar evaded the tag and was called safe. Tampa Bay challenged umpire Ryan Additon's call but it was confirmed by video review. The lead was Toronto's first of the series.

''He left me a little window between his legs to try and get home plate,'' Pillar said. ''Sometimes you've got to gamble and it paid off.''

SAVE ME

Giles gave Toronto its first save in 19 games, ending a streak that matched the 10th-longest in team history.

KEEPING IT CLOSE

The Rays are 22-28 in one-run games, while the Blue Jays are 15-12.

MAKING MOVES

Following the game, Toronto optioned right-hander Danny Barnes to Triple-A Buffalo to clear a roster spot for right-hander Sean Reid-Foley, who will make his major league debut at Kansas City on Monday. The Blue Jays still need to open a 40-man roster spot for Reid-Foley.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Following the game, RHP Jamie Schultz was optioned to Triple-A Durham. RHP Chaz Roe (left knee) will be come off the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

Blue Jays: INF Yangervis Solarte (strained right oblique) was placed on the 10-day DL and C Danny Jansen was promoted from Buffalo. Jansen, who played in this year's Futures Game, was batting .275 with 12 homers and 58 RBIs in 88 games at Triple-A.

PARTING WORDS

Jansen was removed from Buffalo's game Saturday when word of his promotion reached the dugout. Manager Bobby Meacham broke the news by telling Jansen ''Kid, you're going to the big leagues. I don't want to see you again.''

UP NEXT

Rays: Are off Monday. They have not named a starter for Tuesday's opener of a three-game series against the New York Yankees. The Rays have lost 12 straight series at Yankee Stadium.

Blue Jays: Reid-Foley will pitch to Jansen, his former Triple-A batterymate, when faces the Royals on Monday. Reid-Foley went 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 23 starts at Double-A and Triple-A this season. RHP Brad Keller (4-5, 3.57 ERA) starts for Kansas City.

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TOR53-64
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  • W: J. Garcia (3-6)L: J. Alvarado (1-5)S: K. Giles (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF40000003.296.370.415.7850.0
M. Duffy 3B30000111.299.352.379.7310.5
J. Bauers 1B40000011.227.336.454.790-0.5
J. Wendle 2B41100011.294.345.417.7631.5
J. Choi DH40100011.228.294.446.7400.5
K. Kiermaier CF40000002.178.250.294.5440.0
W. Adames SS40210010.250.297.375.6724.5
B. Lowe LF20000103.000.136.000.1361.0
M. Perez C30200002.353.378.529.9083.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson RF20000011.233.331.415.746-0.5
    a- K. Pillar PH-CF21100001.246.276.406.6833.0
    D. Travis 2B30210000.251.301.398.7005.0
    J. Smoak 1B30000023.258.363.476.839-1.0
    R. Grichuk CF-RF30010022.228.288.460.7480.0
    T. Hernandez LF20000111.243.301.492.7930.5
    K. Morales DH30000011.243.322.414.736-0.5
    R. Martin 3B30100000.201.343.349.6932.0
    A. Diaz SS30100001.263.294.471.7652.0
    L. Maile C21000112.236.322.356.6781.5
    • a-doubled for Granderson in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Perez (3)
    • RBI - W. Adames (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Adames (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith 2 (2), J. Wendle, B. Lowe, M. Perez 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Pillar (29), R. Martin (7), A. Diaz (16)
    • RBI - D. Travis (35), R. Grichuk (43)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, T. Hernandez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Adames (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Travis (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Wendle-Adames-Bauers; Bauers-Adames)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Glasnow5.02112603.971.3213.0
    J. Alvarado (L, 1-5) (BS, 3)0.12110102.551.24-7.5
    R. Stanek0.20000002.451.010.0
    R. Yarbrough2.01000104.161.325.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Glasnow5.0
    J. Alvarado (L, 1-5) (BS, 3)0.1
    R. Stanek0.2
    R. Yarbrough2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman5.05111205.031.429.0
    J. Garcia (W, 3-6)1.00000206.101.5611.0
    D. Barnes (H, 8)0.21001004.501.66-2.0
    T. Clippard (H, 9)0.10000003.761.150.0
    R. Tepera (H, 10)1.00000004.091.243.0
    K. Giles (S, 13)1.00000106.111.3610.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman5.0
    J. Garcia (W, 3-6)1.0
    D. Barnes (H, 8)0.2
    T. Clippard (H, 9)0.1
    R. Tepera (H, 10)1.0
    K. Giles (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 79-48, J. Alvarado 12-9, R. Stanek 5-3, R. Yarbrough 20-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 2-6, R. Stanek 1-0, R. Yarbrough 2-2
    • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 18, J. Alvarado 3, R. Stanek, R. Yarbrough 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 76-46, J. Garcia 11-7, D. Barnes 19-10, T. Clippard 4-3, R. Tepera 5-3, K. Giles 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 10-2, T. Clippard 1-0, R. Tepera 1-2, K. Giles 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 20, J. Garcia 3, D. Barnes 4, T. Clippard, R. Tepera 3, K. Giles 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Smith RF40000003.296.370.415.7850.0
    M. Duffy 3B30000111.299.352.379.7310.5
    J. Bauers 1B40000011.227.336.454.790-0.5
    J. Wendle 2B41100011.294.345.417.7631.5
    J. Choi DH40100011.228.294.446.7400.5
    K. Kiermaier CF40000002.178.250.294.5440.0
    W. Adames SS40210010.250.297.375.6724.5
    B. Lowe LF20000103.000.136.000.1361.0
    M. Perez C30200002.353.378.529.9083.0
    Total3216102514-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Granderson RF20000011.233.331.415.746-0.5
      a- K. Pillar PH-CF21100001.246.276.406.6833.0
      D. Travis 2B30210000.251.301.398.7005.0
      J. Smoak 1B30000023.258.363.476.839-1.0
      R. Grichuk CF-RF30010022.228.288.460.7480.0
      T. Hernandez LF20000111.243.301.492.7930.5
      K. Morales DH30000011.243.322.414.736-0.5
      R. Martin 3B30100000.201.343.349.6932.0
      A. Diaz SS30100001.263.294.471.7652.0
      L. Maile C21000112.236.322.356.6781.5
      Total2625202812-----
      HITTERSAB
      C. Granderson RF2
      a- K. Pillar PH-CF2
      D. Travis 2B3
      J. Smoak 1B3
      R. Grichuk CF-RF3
      T. Hernandez LF2
      K. Morales DH3
      R. Martin 3B3
      A. Diaz SS3
      L. Maile C2
      Total26
      • a-doubled for Granderson in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Perez (3)
      • RBI - W. Adames (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Adames (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith 2 (2), J. Wendle, B. Lowe, M. Perez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Pillar (29), R. Martin (7), A. Diaz (16)
      • RBI - D. Travis (35), R. Grichuk (43)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, T. Hernandez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Adames (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Travis (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Wendle-Adames-Bauers; Bauers-Adames)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Glasnow5.02112603.971.3213.0
      J. Alvarado (L, 1-5) (BS, 3)0.12110102.551.24-7.5
      R. Stanek0.20000002.451.010.0
      R. Yarbrough2.01000104.161.325.5
      Total8.0522280---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Glasnow5.0
      J. Alvarado (L, 1-5) (BS, 3)0.1
      R. Stanek0.2
      R. Yarbrough2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman5.05111205.031.429.0
      J. Garcia (W, 3-6)1.00000206.101.5611.0
      D. Barnes (H, 8)0.21001004.501.66-2.0
      T. Clippard (H, 9)0.10000003.761.150.0
      R. Tepera (H, 10)1.00000004.091.243.0
      K. Giles (S, 13)1.00000106.111.3610.5
      Total9.0611250---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman5.0
      J. Garcia (W, 3-6)1.0
      D. Barnes (H, 8)0.2
      T. Clippard (H, 9)0.1
      R. Tepera (H, 10)1.0
      K. Giles (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 79-48, J. Alvarado 12-9, R. Stanek 5-3, R. Yarbrough 20-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 2-6, R. Stanek 1-0, R. Yarbrough 2-2
      • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 18, J. Alvarado 3, R. Stanek, R. Yarbrough 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 76-46, J. Garcia 11-7, D. Barnes 19-10, T. Clippard 4-3, R. Tepera 5-3, K. Giles 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 10-2, T. Clippard 1-0, R. Tepera 1-2, K. Giles 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 20, J. Garcia 3, D. Barnes 4, T. Clippard, R. Tepera 3, K. Giles 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Grichuk grounded out to catcher, Pillar scored, Travis to second12
        Travis singled to center, Maile scored, Pillar to third11
      • 4TH INNING
        Adames singled to left, Wendle scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Ryan Tepera
        • J. Choi: Ball, Choi flied out to left
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to first
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Tyler Clippard
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Duffy lined out to second
        • J. Bauers: Bauers lined out to left
        • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Diaz doubled to deep left
        • L. Maile: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pillar lined into double play first to shortstop, Diaz out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Danny Barnes relieved Jaime Garcia
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kiermaier lined out to shortstop
        • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Adames flied out to deep right
        • B. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked
        • M. Perez: Perez singled to right, Lowe to third
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Danny Barnes
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Ryne Stanek
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to center
        • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jaime Garcia relieved Marcus Stroman
        • J. Bauers: Bauers flied out to shallow left
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • J. Choi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Choi struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • L. Maile: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maile walked
        • Jose Alvarado relieved Tyler Glasnow
        • Kevin Pillar hit for Curtis Granderson
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Ball, Pillar doubled to deep left, Maile to third
        • D. Travis: Strike swinging, Travis singled to center, Maile scored, Pillar to third
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • Ryne Stanek relieved Jose Alvarado
        • R. Grichuk: Grichuk grounded out to catcher, Pillar scored, Travis to second
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Travis out at third, Travis caught stealing, catcher to third
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Perez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez doubled to deep left
        • M. Smith: Ball, Smith reached on fielder's choice to third, Perez out at third
        • M. Duffy: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Duffy grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smith out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin popped out to second
        • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Wendle singled to right
        • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Choi grounded out to third, Wendle to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Kiermaier grounded out to first, Wendle to third
        • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames singled to left, Wendle scored
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adames stole second, Lowe flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Travis singled to center
        • J. Smoak: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Travis stole second, Smoak grounded out to first, Travis to third
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Smith lined out to pitcher
        • M. Duffy: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Duffy struck out looking
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bauers grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Martin doubled to left center
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz popped out to second
        • L. Maile: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Maile lined out to left
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Choi singled to center
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier reached on fielder's choice to first, Choi out at second
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Adames singled to right, Kiermaier to second
        • B. Lowe: Lowe reached on fielder's choice to second, Kiermaier to third, Adames out at second
        • M. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Grichuk struck out on foul tip
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • K. Morales: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Morales grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hernandez out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Granderson lined out to second
        • D. Travis: Travis flied out to deep center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)